Westward Releases Bottling in Honor of International Women’s Day

By Allyson Nichols / March 8, 2021

Westward Whiskey is celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with its second annual Women of Westward release.

The 2021 Women of Westward Benefit Barrels features two limited edition single barrel selections bottled at 90 proof for 750ml. Each individually numbered bottle features a “Women of Westward” benefit barrel exclusive release label. For each bottle sold, Westward will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to charities.

Chosen by the Barrel Selection Panel, this year’s charities are Al Otro Lado, a company that provides holistic legal and humanitarian support to indigent refugees, deportees, and other migrants in the US and Tijuana through a multidisciplinary, client-centered, harm reduction-based practice, and Black Mamas Matter Alliance, a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance that centers Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.

Women of Westward Benefit Barrel

A bottling from the Women of Westward Benefit Barrel program (Image via Westward Whiskey)

The two barrels and charities were selected by the all-woman 2021 Barrel Selection Panel, which consists of drinks industry influencers from around the country, including:

  • Alexis Belton-Tinoco: Bar Director, The Aviary
    Charity Selection: Al Otro Lado
  • Ashtin Berry: Bartender, Educator, Equity Worker
    Charity Selection: Black Mamas Matter Alliance
  • Emily Mistell: Owner/Beverage Director, Hey Love
    Charity Selection: Black Mamas Matter Alliance
  • Lauren Paylor: Owner + Co-Founder Focus on Health
    Charity Selection: Black Mamas Matter Alliance
  • Natasha David: Co-Owner, You & Me Cocktails
    Charity Selection: Al Otro Lado
  • Tiffanie Barriere: Bartender, Educator, Innovator
    Charity Selection: Al Otro Lado

“We are proud to be honoring and toasting to all women with our Women’s History Month programming,” Director of Sales & Trade Advocacy Erin Hayes said in a prepared statement. “At Westward, our dynamic team of women is key to our mission of elevating American whiskey. I’m delighted to be a part of such a dedicated, skilled, and accomplished team and part of a company that recognizes and appreciates women year-round.”

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The 2021 Women of Westward Benefit Barrels will be available for purchase on the distillery’s website for $99.99 and at Westward’s Oregon tasting rooms at the distillery in downtown Portland and Portland International Airport for $99.95 plus select retailers in Oregon while supplies last. More information on each select barrel can be found below.

SINGLE BARREL SELECTION DETAILS
Barrel No. 1 (Oregon Exclusive)
Date of Distillation: 2/24/16
Char Level: 3
Mash Bill: 100% Two Row Pale Malted Barley
Batch size: 1 barrel
Availability: Oregon only
Aroma: Herbaceous, brown sugar, winter spice
Palate: Baker’s chocolate, toasted pecan, dark cherry
Finish: Lingering oak, earthy malt
Proof: 90 (45% ABV)

Barrel No. 2 (National Release)
Date of Distillation: 1/27/16
Char Level: 3
Mash Bill: 100% Two Row Pale Malted Barley
Batch size: 1 barrel
Availability: Nationwide
Aroma: Caramelized sugar, honeysuckle, banana
Palate: Vanilla spice, ripe tart fruit, banana bread
Finish: Buttery, dried fall spices, rich malt
Proof: 90 (45% ABV)